Nathan Truesdell, Director | Figure Skating | Afro-Latin | Music Editor
Nathan Truesdell is the founding director of Ice Dance Academy of North Carolina. His vision is to bring more authenticity and appreciation to competitive figure skating through education.
Nathan brings 25+ years of experience in elite competitive figure skating. He specializes in ice dance, choreography, moves in the field, and power/edges, with a strong emphasis on skating skills, musicality, and movement quality. His students have competed at the US Figure Skating Championships, US Adult Figure Skating Championships, US National Solo Dance Series, international competitions representing Team USA, and earned US National medals. He facilitates engaged training by augmenting on-ice work with off-ice strengthening and conditioning, various dance classes, and education on the rhythms and dances used in figure skating. Nathan also incorporates his lifelong passion for music—He has been editing music for 10+ years for skaters and dancers of various disciplines.
Nathan was born in Ann Arbor, MI, where he began skating at the age of 8. From his first private lesson, he has trained under World and Olympic coaches. Throughout his time in the sport, he has earned a US National medal, competed internationally, and became the highest placing African-American ice dancer at US Nationals. Nathan is also the first African-American figure skating coach/choreographer to produce US National Champions and Team USA athletes in ice dancing. Off the ice, Nathan strives to make the global figure skating community a welcoming and healthy environment for all—he serves as the following:
- Member of the US Figure Skating Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Working Group
- Member of the US Center for Coaching Excellence Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
- Chair of the Professional Skaters Association Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
- Board member of Diversify Ice Foundation
In addition to his passion for figure skating, he also performs and instructs Afro-Latin dance.
USFS, PSA, CER Certified
“Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”
Andrei Robinson, Lifts | Gymnastics
Andrei Robinson is an elite lift coach specializing in clean technique. He got his start as a high school gymnast and went on to do collegiate cheerleading at NC A&T SU. He also worked as the NBA Cheerleading Captain for the Charlotte Bobcats for four years.During his career he has coached:
- Allstars – 15 yrs
- UNC Chapel Hill Cheerleading – 12 yrs
- Highschool Cheerleading – 10 yrs
- Gymnastics – 11 yrs
His athletes have gone on to:
- Receive athletic scholarships in college
- Win National Championship Competitions
- Win at The Cheerleading Worlds
- Perform with Cirque du Soleil
- Become the NCAA Athlete of the year
Boleyn H. Willis-Zeger, Ballet
Boleyn H. Willis-Zeger began her dance training at age 5 in Durham NC, studying ballet with Adrianna Ciompi and continued as an apprentice at New Performing Dance Company.
In 1979, Boleyn enrolled at NYU School of the Arts, Theater & Dance Department and studied:
- Ballet with Lawrence Rhodes
- Modern with Linda Tarnay, Feldenkrais with Moshe Feldenkrais
Her additional training in NYC includes:
- Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute with Geoffrey Horne and Hope Arthur
- Cunningham Technique at Merce Cunningham Studio
- Isadora Duncan dance technique with Lori Bellilove
- Ballet with Nadine Revene, Madame Darvash, Francis Patrelli, Dick Andros and Kat Wildish.
She also danced professionally with Carolyn Turnage and Dancers and performed with The Divine Comedy and other Off-Off Broadway theatre groups.
In 1981, Boleyn went to work for the King’s Head Theatre Club in London, England where she was Production Stage Manager under Dan Crawford. Upon her NYC return, she worked for Manhattan Theatre Club as an assistant stage manager while continuing her dance training. Returning to NC, she became the company manager and long-standing member of “Sisters: Women of Common Ancestry.”
She was the resident choreographer for Long Leaf Opera from 2003 – 2012 and has choreographed for theatre and dance companies in North Carolina, New York City and London, England. Boleyn has taught ballet and pointe all over the Triangle, most notably at Bounds Dance Studio, North Carolina Dance Institute, Ninth Street Dance and Walltown Children’s Theater. She graduated from North Carolina State University as Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in social work. She currently heads her own studio, the Durham School for Ballet and Performing Arts. With over 40 years of teaching under her belt, Boleyn loves sharing her passion for dance with people of all ages and looks forward to working with you!
ABT Certified (Primary though Level 8)
Leslie Cao, Marketing and Operations | Afro-Latin | Hip-Hop Inspired Choreography
Leslie Cao supports marketing and operations — her experience includes digital marketing strategy, social media content creation, project management, video production, photography, and design. She assists with IDANC’s web development and social channels, develops long-term planning and strategy, and ensures optimal business practices for efficiency.
Leslie wears multiple hats and has extensive training in hip hop, commercial choreography, and Afro-Latin dance. She started out on two dance teams in college and served as the Artistic Director on Moonlight Dance Crew. She spent her summers training at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Movement Lifestyle in Los Angeles. In addition, she has traveled all over the US and regularly taken workshops and intensives with heavy hitting commercial dance choreographers including Galen Hooks, Luther Brown, Luam Keflezgy, and Rhapsody James. She currently performs and instructs Afro-Latin dance and Hip-Hop inspired choreography.
Leslie was born and raised in Wilmington, NC and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Communications and Advertising.
Norbetto "Betto" Herrera, Afro-Latin
Norbetto “Betto” Herrera is the director of Mambo Dinamico Dance Company and has been spreading the love for Salsa in North Carolina since 2002. Since its foundation, the company’s mission has been to welcome people from all cultures into the world of Afro-Latin dance.
Betto’s instructional approach emphasizes not only teaching steps, but also the culture, history, and movement behind the dance. His passion for teaching Afro Latin dance has transformed the dance scene in the Southeast. As the director of the first mambo dance company in the Southeast, he has helped set the standard for social dancing, performing, instructing, and producing events. Various studios, in the US and internationally, have since adopted his instruction methodology. His dancers have inspired and entertained audiences in local, regional, national and international events.
Betto is one of the leading experts in Afro-Latin dance and his deep knowledge and understanding is reflected in his work both on and off the stage.
Julika Cuffy, Hip-Hop
Julika Cuffy, a Virginia native from Hampton Roads, has been dancing in the art of Hip Hop Freestyle and Choreography for 10 + years. Having trained under prestigious choreographers such as Luam Keflezgy (Rock the Industry), Candace Brown, Neil Schwartz, (Broadway Dance Center), Bo Park, and Kenichi Kasamatsu (Peridance Center). When not training she also has a passion for teaching and sharing her own movement through Hip Hop, Funk Style, and Street Styles through choreography. To name a few studios and community workshops, Music in Motion Dance Studio (VA Beach, Virginia), Denise Wall’s Dance Energy Studio (VA Beach, Virginia), Grace Upon Grace Dance Studio (Newport News, Virginia), Culture Shock DC Class (Washington D.C.), Capitol Movement Inc (Washington D.C.), and House of Movement (New York, NY).
Also, during her spare time, she has had opportunities to perform at the The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center Urban Festival (Washington D.C.), dancing with teams and company’s as in CREWcial (VA Beach, Virginia), Culture Shock Dance Troupe DC (Washington D.C.), Capitol Movement Inc. (Washington D.C.) and a plethora of competitions and showcases to add on. Julika would expect that with learning from her you will feel inspired, passionate for dance, and motivated to dig into being the best version of an artist the student can be.